Once I finished reading "The Davinci Code", I was fascinated with the illuminati alphabet and ambigrams. The one shown "Family/Forever" was the first one I made out of pine project wood with a maple border. Pine is a soft wood and very easy to carve and shape. The second shown "Live True/ Love Life" is out of hard maple....... Maple is a hard wood and took 3 times longer. I got the design off the Internet, a couple of tattoo artists are taking this alphabet to a whole new level...... Brilliant artist's. the back board is maple ply stained with a dark water base. Finally, the third is my design, "Merry Xmas/ Happy new year", all one piece pine.